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Toni Braxton has been very open about her ongoing battle with lupus. And her journey with the disease have been well documented. From “Braxton Family Values,” to the media and even in her recent Lifetime biopic, Braxton has told the truth about the realities of her illness. And even though she’s been in and out of the hospital in recent weeks, she’s not letting lupus stop her shine or her grind.
In fact, she’s continuing to tour.
This past weekend, Toni’s The Hits Tour traveled to Savannah, Georgia where she took the stage wearing a heart monitor. It wasn’t camouflaged neatly under one of her stage outfits, she wore it in plain view.
According to TMZ, doctors encouraged her to wear it 24/7 to detect chest pain, oncoming heart attacks and strokes.
Toni is a trooper and we’re praying that she’s able to monitor her health and continue doing what she loves.
You can check her out in action in the video below.
“We Got Lupus But Lupus Don’t Got Us!” Toni Braxton Hospitalized After Flare-Up; Nick Cannon Shows Support
Yesterday, Toni Braxton had to be hospitalized due to lupus complications. However, according to Us Weekly, her rep says she’s “resting at home and is fine” after being treated at a hospital in Los Angeles.
The 48-year-old singer was visited by her sons, Diezel and Denim, as well as little sister Tamar, who shared the news of Toni’s hospitalization on Instagram:
I absolutely HATE when she is sick.. But to God be the Glory!! T, You are home SAFE and We can make you smile even when you’re faking like you feel well enough to laugh at the joke#LUPUSSUCKS shout out to all Lupus superwomen and men who knows what that’s like❤️ #staystrong and #urock #finnagetmylifeonthisTourstill #DiezthinksheissoFINE #heaight #macandchessemadeusALLfat #ToniBraxtonLivingLegend✅
Sister Towanda then shared the news of Braxton being back home and resting to prepare for her upcoming tour, “The Hits”:
Thanks everyone for your concern, Toni is home safe & sound! She is currently home resting and getting ready for #TheHitsTour ❤️
— towanda braxton (@towandabraxton) October 3, 2016
Braxton publicly revealed her battle with the chronic condition in 2010 while at a lupus foundation event. She told Huffington Post Live that the hardest part of living with lupus is balancing her family life and her career with her illness.
“Some days I can’t balance it at all,” she said. “I just have to lay in bed. When you have lupus you feel like you have the flu every day. But some days you get through it. But if I’m not feeling well, I tend to tell my kids, ‘Oh mommy is going to relax in bed today.’ I kind of take it easy. But it is challenging when I’m working. I have to put on that smiley face anyway, or I have to do a show and perform for an hour or an hour and a half. That’s the toughest part, when I have to perform. So often when it’s like that, it’s a lot of ‘You sing!’ to the audience. They kind of help me out a little bit without realizing it.”
Someone showing support to Braxton as she recovers is Nick Cannon, who also has lupus and has been hospitalized for flare-ups over the last few years:
Sending love and strength to My fellow #LupusWarrior @tonibraxton The Queen is back!! We can’t never let this diagnosed condition stop our mission!! We just had a long fellowship and she is at home now, preparing to hit the road for her fans. I get these type of setbacks all the time but it just makes us stronger against this invisible disease! But the queen is more than a conqueror! No sweat! By his stripes you are healed! Now go give the people what they want!! A fabulous show! “We got Lupus but Lupus don’t got us!!!”
Braxton’s health has sidelined her work pursuits in the past, and she even cites lupus as the reason she had to file bankruptcy the second time around. However, Braxton isn’t going to let it hold her back now. She’s set to begin rehearsals for her upcoming tour, “The Hits,” this week.
Singer Toni Braxton has long been an advocate for autism education and awareness after she learned her son was on the spectrum. She’s also been very open and vocal about the importance of early diagnosis. In a recent sit down with “Access Hollywood,” she shared that now, her youngest son Diezel, who is 13-years-old, is no longer on the autism spectrum.
See what she had to say.
My youngest son— everyone knows— my son Diezel suffers from—or I should say suffered from Autism. I am one of the lucky parents. Early diagnosis changes everything. I will tell you this. I will shout it from the rooftops. My son Diezel is off the spectrum. Off the spectrum being autistic. Susan Wright, who unfortunately just passed from Autism Speaks, when she found out about my son and I she called me immediately and said ‘Get him in this program. Do this, do that.’ She’s been an advocate in helping me so much. I miss her already. I mean, I can’t believe she’s gone.
How is he?
No signs of autism. He’s our social butterfly. He’s the one who plays with friends and hangs out all the time. Very, very fortunate. And I don’t like to think there’s anything wrong with our babies. I just think they learn differently.
So great to hear!
And in other news, she finally said that she and Birdman are just friends and have been so for nearly twenty years. Also, good to know.
You can watch her full interview over at “Access Hollywood.”
Does one ever get “too old” to wear certain things?
It depends on who you ask, who that “one” is, and what “one” is wearing. And before you get your panties in a bunch and assume this is a race essay because I used Jennifer Lopez and Toni Braxton, pull out the wedgie — I’m just talking about age and style preferences. And with that being said, I’ll be brief, friends.
But back to the matter at hand. Just this past weekend, Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 47th birthday with a slew of celebrity friends. To mark the occasion, she stepped out in a sheer mesh panel Balmain jumpsuit. And according to FashionBombDaily readers who used words like “amazing,” “slayed” and “killed” to describe her style choice, she wore it better than women half her age:
This look was actually an increase in clothing for a Lopez birthday celebration. She also went the sheer, mesh route for her 46th birthday, wearing this risque number that everyone loved in Las Vegas last year:
But on the flip side, the reaction wasn’t as warm when Toni Braxton stepped out for the Neighborhood Awards this past weekend. Folks online used phrases like “She needs to start wearing clothes,” “When will Toni put some damn clothes on??” and “So over her naked-style dressing” to describe the 48-year-old’s look:
And such was the case when she went for another high-cut slit and sheer-paneled ensemble at the BET Awards last month. Not a lot of love (including from MN readers):
But as someone pointed out, risque has been Braxton’s thing since…well, forever.
Hey, at least she’s consistent. And like Lopez, her body at nearly 50 is pretty amazing. So why does she fail to receive the same kind of love?
And when is it okay to dress a little more revealing when ageists continuously say you need to cover “your old behind” up?
It’s a free country, so I would say anytime you want. It’s all a matter of what you put on. While both women have great bodies and every right to show them off, if I’m being honest, some of the styles Braxton has worn have been less than flattering over the last few years. Whether it’s the slits that reveal butt cheek, the mesh that stands out more than materials meant to shine, the odd placement of lace and sometimes the quality of the fabrics on her gowns, going for things that aren’t very well made and favorable to one’s frame can leave someone as gorgeous as Braxton sticking out like a sore thumb on every red carpet. And whether you’re 48, 47, or 28 and 27, it’s rarely going to look good on anybody. While Lopez has also shown off quite a bit of cheek and curve, very few of us would say that her ensembles look anywhere near tawdry.
But according to others, such looks, regardless of who made them, what they’re made of and how they’re made are not appropriate for women of a certain age. Let folks tell it, at a certain point you need to forgo the ensembles of your youth for more tasteful, modest looks. However, as the saying goes, you’re as young as you feel, and both of these women, in the best shape of their storied lives, clearly feel fantastic. They’re going to do what they want, and that includes styling on us while everything is still right and tight.
Still, for the sake of a good debate, what say you? Is their an expiration date for risque looks as you get older? And why do you think Braxton gets a bad wrap while Lopez’s style is often applauded?
Some may not be putting “respeck” on Birdman’s name, but Mama Evelyn, the mother of the five Braxton sisters is.
As of late, the rumor mill has been flooded with stories of Toni Braxton cuddling up and even hooking up with the Cash Money Records CEO. It all stemmed from Birdman’s appearance at Braxton’s Grammy Park performance in Brooklyn, New York. According to TMZ reports, the two were indeed together and have even hooked up in the past. Most recently, the pair were spotted taking in New Orleans together, holding hands.
Well, in a new sit-down interview with The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, a few of the Braxton sisters and Mama Evelyn, Toni’s rumored relationship came up, to which Evelyn described Birdman as someone she could definitely see her daughter with.
“I hope so! I think he is a nice man,” she said. “I don’t care what others say about him. He is a nice man. He is full of respek. Put some respek on it!” “I met him years ago. Toni been knowing him… 15 years ago something like that… Ever since I’ve been knowing that man he’s been phenomenal so let me say, I hope so,” she concluded.
Interesting. What are your thoughts on Braxton and Birdman’s budding romance?
When you settle in to watch a Lifetime biopic, you’re taking a risk. Especially if it’s about the life of a beloved Black woman. But when the family or the person whose story is being told has a hand in the telling of that story, there’s a good chance that things will go over well. See the VH1 TLC biopic and now the Lifetime’s Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart.
You would think that we already knew all there was to know about Toni Braxton. But the biopic revealed a couple of nuggets of good information like Toni not being able to talk about the fact that not only did she sue LaFace and Arista; but she couldn’t talk about the outcome of the case, (She won.), for ten years. We learned the severity of her health struggles, saw the shift in her family dynamic when her father’s infidelity was revealed. And we gained a bit more insight into the reason her marriage to Keri Lewis didn’t work out. But more than just tea, there were also some pretty great lessons we can learn from Toni’s trials and triumphs.
Check out five take aways from the tv movie.
Take Your Shot
In the very beginning of the movie, Toni and her sisters sing for LA Reid and Babyface. Unfortunately, the duo had already signed a girl group and they were only looking for a solo artist. And they wanted Toni. Yikes. It was a tough situation to put a young girl in, especially the eldest sister. But it was Toni’s father and brother who encouraged her to go for it. Her father, Michael, reminded her mother Evelyn that she too was offered an opportunity to sing professionally. Like her daughter, she was in a group as well. And out of loyalty, she turned the opportunity down. And her husband asked And how many shots did you get after that? Silence. Opportunity doesn’t always knock twice. And while Toni vowed to help her sisters, which she most certainly honored, she stepped out there on her own. Imagine what would have happened if she hadn’t.
When Toni first signed her record deal, Pebbles and LA kept talking about her artist budget. Everything was taken out of her artist budget. The clothes, the shoes etc. And while Toni had initial questions, after a while, LA Reid, told her that they could talk about all of that later. They certainly would talk about it later but not until the damage had already been done. Much of it was unavoidable but had Toni asked more questions, she might have had a better understanding of what could possibly happen.
Speak Up For Yourself
What I most admired about Toni, throughout the biopic, was that she stood up for herself. When she didn’t like what the musicians were doing to a song, when she wasn’t cool with the direction they were pushing her, whether she was ultimately right or wrong, she spoke up. And most memorably, when she learned that her finances had taken a hit, instead of cowering away, defeated, she sued the record company to (she thought) clear her name and and when she and Babyface reunited, she told him she wasn’t there to just do what he said anymore.
Listen to Your Body
Though she was diagnosed with Lupus until much later, Toni had been exhibiting symptoms of the disease for years, almost from the time she began her career. But she kept ignoring it, pretending like it wasn’t a big deal. Unfortunately, things had to go from bad to worse before she finally started listening.
Keep Fighting for Your Dream
Just when Toni became disenchanted with the music industry for the last time, she announced that she was retiring. But with the encouragement from some huge names in music and a push from her friend Babyface, she went back to it. And after the release of her comeback album, she and Babyface won a Grammy.
If you’re an avid watcher of Braxton Family Values, then you know the talented sisters have been anxious to put out an album together – a first since their 1990 debut, chart-topping single, “Good Life.”
25 years later, the singing sisters are finally making good on their promise and harmonizing in unity for the holiday season this year. Titled, Braxton Family Christmas, the LP features the pure, soulful sounds of Toni, Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar.
Earlier this week on Tamar’s hit daytime show, The Real, the ladies reunited, debuting “Mary Did You Know” from the highly-anticipated album. Press play and watch this amazing video as the sisters bring down the house with their impressive octaves.
You can purchase Braxton Family Christmas now on iTunes.
Earlier this month, we showed you a cast photo from Lifetime’s Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart. We honestly thought casting directors did a decent job with this project, but what do the Braxton sisters think about a the women who were cast to play them?
During a recent taping of “The Real,” which features the Braxton family, Tamar saw a photo of the actress who will be playing her for the first time—and her reaction was quite interesting.
“I haven’t seen anything about the movie yet,” Tamar told her cast members, prompting producers to pull up the photo.
Y’all know that Tay Tay is rarely at a loss for words, but she seemed speechless when she saw the photo. She did, however, manage to make one of her signature faces. We still can’t tell whether this means she approves or disapproves, but it’s hilarious to watch.
“You found somebody that acts like me? she asked Toni.
“Yes Lord,” Toni replied.
“You tried it,” Tamar shot back.
We must see this character in action.
As we told you earlier this week, Toni Braxton’s Lifetime biopic, Unbreak My Heart, is set for a premiere date of January 23. And as we get closer to the new year, the network has released a first teaser trailer to boost anticipation. And so far, so good!
As the biopic is based on Braxton’s successful 2014 memoir of the same name, it will tackle all the things she shared in that book, including the ups and downs she’s had in the music industry, her financial struggles, her relationship woes, raising her autistic son, Diezel, and of course, her health problems. The preview trailer shows star Lex Scott Davis as the singer throughout her career, including a scary scene where the star is being rushed to the hospital.
Check out the preview for yourself and let us know what you think. The biopic will be produced by Kenneth “Babyface Edmonds,” and not only will Braxton contribute to the project (other Lifetime biopics have been without the support of the artists or the family’s of the artists who are the subject), she will appear in the film as herself.
Lifetime recently released the first photos from Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, and it looks like it could be quite interesting. One photo depicts actress Lex Scott Davis, who has been cast as Braxton, during a performance scene. Another shows the real Toni with Lex and the four actresses who have been cast to play her sisters.
The Grammy Award-winning singer’s long-awaited biopic is set to premiere on Saturday, January 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and as previously reported, will document the singer’s professional and personal journey to superstardom.
“Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart follows the singer’s journey from her discovery by mega producers L.A. Reid and Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds to her battle with Lupus,” the network explains in a press release. “The movie also delves into how she made it through her public divorce all while navigating her son’s autism and family struggles. Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart chronicles the untold measures the wildly talented artist took to make herself and her family whole again, becoming a global inspiration.”
From what we can see, it looks like they did alright in the casting department. And while the network has developed a bit of a reputation for butchering biopics after the whole Aaliyah debacle, it looks like this one might be a good one.